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Holiday event Saturday at Folsom’s historic Murer House

Stroll the grounds and residence during the December open house

The Murer House is decorated with vintage Christmas decorations for this month's open house and tours.

The Murer House is decorated with vintage Christmas decorations for this month's open house and tours.

Photo courtesy The Murer House and Learning Center

Vintage Christmas decorations are on display this Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Murer House during its First Saturday tour availability.

The Folsom Garden Club also will hold a sale of holiday wreaths and cooking salts at the house, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. 

Visitors can tour the Murer House, museum and gardens, which include a bocce court, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Admission is free.

Giuseppe “Joe” Murer, who emigrated to California from Crespano del Grappa, Italy,  was a prominent builder in Folsom in the early 20th century. He purchased the home site in 1921 and began building his house in 1925. The museum is located in the onetime garage and includes photographs dating from 1906 to the 1950s. Displays cover the history of Italian immigration, the early formation of Folsom, and major events in local and national history into the 1950s.

The Learning Center offers classes many weekends in Italian cooking, as well as occasional classes in speaking Italian.

The Murer House and Learning Center is at 1125 Joe Murer Court in historic Folsom. For information on the site and events throughout the year, visit

-- Kathy Morrison


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For week of March 19:

Spring will start a bit soggy, but there’s still plenty to do between showers:

* Fertilize roses, annual flowers and berries as spring growth begins to appear.

* Watch out for aphids. Wash off plants with strong blast from the hose.

* Pull weeds now! Don’t let them get started. Take a hoe and whack them as soon as they sprout.

* Prepare summer vegetable beds. Spade in compost and other amendments.

* Prune and fertilize spring-flowering shrubs after bloom.

* Feed camellias at the end of their bloom cycle. Pick up browned and fallen flowers to fight blossom blight.

* Feed citrus trees as they start to blossom.

* Cut back and fertilize perennial herbs to encourage new growth.

* Seed and renovate the lawn (if you still have one). Feed cool-season grasses such as bent, blue, rye and fescue with a slow-release fertilizer. Check the irrigation system and perform maintenance. Make sure sprinkler heads are turned toward the lawn, not the sidewalk.

* In the vegetable garden, transplant lettuce and kale.

* Seed chard and beets directly into the ground.

* Plant summer bulbs, including gladiolus, tuberous begonias and callas. Also plant dahlia tubers.

* Shop for perennials. Many varieties are available in local nurseries and at plant events. They can be transplanted now while the weather remains relatively cool.

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